Figshare for Institutions

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Figshare, an online digital repository for academic researchers, has launched the next generation of its research data management platform, Figshare for Institutions, developed to address the specific needs of academic institutions to store research data securely.

The pioneering platform has piloted at institutions in the UK, Australasia, and mainland Europe, and supports their needs for better storage, preservation, accessibility and publication of the outputs produced by their researchers.

Figshare says the new functionality includes:

  • Portals that showcase research of an institution or department
  • Ability to group content into collections
  • Data curation and administrative workflows
  • Flexible storage options
  • Increased file upload limits
  • Enhanced content discoverability through a revamped search, categorisation and metadata

Meanwhile St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, has become the first academic institution in the USA to adopt the Figshare platform and will be using it to showcase its digital humanities content. 'We looked at the different options on the market, including building it ourselves using open source software, but nothing offers the extensive functionality and scalability that Figshare does,' said Pongracz Sennyey, library director.